The U.S. House of Representatives passed a gun control bill known as H.R. 8 this week — but perhaps more disturbingly, some Democrats seem to be spreading lies about public support for the bill, as well as President Joe Biden’s record against the National Rifle Association (NRA).
H.R. 8, also known as the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, will require an FBI background check for an individual to sell or transfer a firearm in a private transaction.
Effectively, the bill gives the FBI virtually total control over who gets to own firearms in the United States. That kind of power was not granted by the Second Amendment to any federal agency, and it would make the Founding Fathers roll over in their graves to know such a bill was even a remote consideration.
Luckily for law-abiding gun owners, who would be the victims of such a ridiculous bill, it’s unlikely to pass through the evenly split U.S. Senate, which has kept the filibuster and its 60-vote threshold intact, so far.
Thompson claims 90% support
According to LifeZette, Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), who introduced the bill, has made claims that 90% of the American public supports such a bill. Undoubtedly, he is likely hoping to shame 10 Republican senators into supporting this clear infringement on Americans’ Second Amendment rights.
Interestingly, the lawmaker hasn’t provided any data to back his 90% claim, and he likely will never get the chance — because no such evidence exists, as LifeZette notes. But since Democrats seem to have a built-in immunity from fact-checkers, it’s not a surprise that he would toss out an arbitrary number that plays well in the media.
As of November 2020, Gallup polling revealed that fewer people support stricter gun control laws than they did as recently as 2016. Law-abiding Americans presumably know encroachment on their gun rights is happening, and it’s not a stretch to presume that they don’t want it to go any further.
Biden claims he beat NRA
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, for her part, has claimed that Biden is “not afraid of standing up to the NRA — he’s done it multiple times and won — on background checks and a range of issues.”
The trouble with her claim, according to LifeZette, is that there’s no real evidence of any victory on Biden’s part over the NRA.
Pelosi joins in on gun control lies
Finally, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is perhaps one of the worst offenders in what started out as spinning the truth, but has seemingly evolved into the blatant spreading of falsehoods in order to gain the political upper hand.
“If you are afraid to vote for gun violence prevention because of your political survival, understand this: The political survival of none of us is more important than the survival of our children,” Pelosi said recently, according to LifeZette. Of course, her comments completely ignore the fact that a majority of America’s “gun violence” problem stems from criminal and gang violence that largely goes unchecked in Democrat-controlled cities across the country.
That’s why H.R. 8 is unlikely to prevent gun violence in any meaningful fashion, because most people who commit gun crimes don’t obtain their guns legally. Those statistics only further prove that Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues aren’t about to let the truth get in the way of a hot political agenda.